Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A "Full House" Weekend

Apart from singing the Full House theme song as we drove the streets of San Francisco, we also laughed and enjoyed time reconnecting after a busy semester. It was a quick fly down to Saturday morning and return Monday evening, however, it was well worth the time away if only to enjoy the glorious California sunshine. We flew into Sacramento bc it was a waaaay better deal and from there we rented a car and headed to San Francisco. On our way there we stopped at a vineyard to eat lunch. I felt like I had returned to Italy with it's beauty.

From there we headed to our hotel and rested a little before we hit the city. We enjoyed yummy seafood at Fisherman's Wharf and walking around Pier 39 to check out the seals and sea lions. One of my favorite parts was simply driving around, talking and checking out the city! San Francisco is beautiful! It was pretty chilly on the water, but warmer in the sun! Good thing I didn't pull out my summer attire, and instead checked the forecast!

The next day we headed out early for a full day. We went to the cute shops at Ghirardeli Square and onto the Marina. From there we enjoyed lunch and a drive through China Town. Wow.. it was as if we landed ourselves smack dab in the middle of Beijing! There were dead chickens handing from a store! Later that evening we enjoyed dinner on Pier 39, Presidio (an old Army base) and a scenic highway along the coast.

I didn't realize when I was taking this picture that a lady was bending over right behind Ryan.. Needless to say I got a good laugh when scrolling through. It also appears something is wet on her backside! Perhaps the chocolate was just too good she couldn't hold it all in!

Mermaid? Me? Probably not!

The next morning we were able to eat breakfast with Ryan's old roommate while in Iraq and his sweet girlfriend. After that we headed to Golden Gate Park, Salsalito (a cute little city right outside of San Francisco on the water) and Muir Woods to see the Red Woods! We were on the move to make it to the airport for our 7:30 PM flight.


First hike together...

I felt so small...

The pictures just don't do it justice.. what a big, great Creator we have!

So yes, a full weekend, but good. Titus did awesome!! I was so praying he would be easy so that we could enjoy much needed time together. I could only imagine the stress of a screaming baby in a hotel room. Our neighbors would LOVE us! It was an interesting experience having to nurse every 3 hours on the side of streets and in restaurants! I was just thankful for my sweet nursing cover! Taking a baby on vacation definitly involves more planning and flexibility, but it was great to have him with us on our first little family vacation! He was a champ and I am counting my blessings. I'm also grateful that my achiness and cold didn't hit hard until today! Omm yes, this is where I wish I could call in sick and stay in bed all day!

Titus' first plane ride!

Along with the loss of brain cells from the pregnancy I think I gained a great deal of clumsiness. I was never the most "swift" on my feet, but I tend to drop more and forget more than ever before! Naturally, just as soon as I got my free drink on the plane (thank you Southwest) I dropped in ALL over Ryan. He called me a train-wreck while I attempted to take a picture while dying laughing. I think the whole plain probably thought I had lost my marbles because I was laughing so hard. Good thing I didn't have a stranger sitting next to me! He did laugh as well! :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

In like a lion.. out like a lamb

Let me just say that I have no clue which month the title is referring too.. April maybe?? April has been a busy month. We have had a little taste of good weather that has revived my confindence in not needing to start building an ark in my backyard! We started out the first week enjoying a pulled pork BBQ dinner with our small group at our house. It was a fun time to see our friends and introduce Titus to the gang! Thankfully, the BBQ was edible (I was the cook)! We continued the month with a joyful Easter celebration with family and friends (we missed you Bec, and other family around the US). It was special to take Titus to church for the first time on Easter Sunday.

April 13th marked a very special someone's 26th Birthday! Ryan and I celebrated his birthday a total of 4 times with dinners together and with family. I'd say it's safe to say he felt celebrated! Ryan has been doing some craig's listing this past month and has built an amazing road bicycle. For instance, he found the body of a bike that was worth $450 for $5. The only catch was that it had a hairline crack (which was a big problem), however, he previously worked for a metal welding type company here in Portland and they fixed it for him!! Thankfully the bike is now completed, and I am truly thrilled for Ryan (as long as he keeps wearing his helmet)! He (painfully) sold his mountain bike last year to help out with some expenses, hence the extra excitement I feel for him now having another bike.

Last week included Beth Moore (like you didn't know that) and now here we are today. Today I got to take 2 sweet nieces to Chuck-E-Cheese for an aunt date. After all these years I still love that place! Today was also a big day in our little family. Ryan signed on the dotted line for 3 more years in the Reserves. He had 2 more years on his contract of IRR so the only difference in an extra year of actively drilling. If that's not enough his first semester will end tomorrow and we will fly out for a weekend in San Francisco Saturday. Whew.. I'm tired typing all that!! I am praying this weekend will be a really good time for Ryan, Titus, and I to get away and just enjoy one another. The Lord really has blessed us with this greatly needed time to just be after the whirlwind of the semester. I'm excited!

In other news I'm holding a 6 week old baby wondering if I am going to blink and open my eyes to see him taking his first steps. He is SUCH a joy and there's nothing in the world I'd rather be doing than being his mommy. The past 2-3 weeks he has started sleeping really well. I say that and my stomach jumps knowing it could change. To say I am thankful is an understandment. During less sleep times I constantly felt like I was threatening a migraine. They have stopped completely. This is such a huge blessing for me emotionally and physically. I have followed a lose version of Babywise (gasp) so I'm not sure if that has helped at all or if this child is somewhat laid back and has somehow avoided colic/reflux (even though an easy going child would be the biggest shock of my life coming from Ryan and I). Who could guess.. I'm just somewhat walking on egg shells and counting my blessings. Titus loves his jeans just like his Mama!

Time is flying. Good. Busy. But flying. It's been a crazy semester, but I think we may look back on it with great joy in our hearts.

(My guess is that the above pic is just a gassy grin...if not... well ladies and gentleman that could be his first smile on camera... doubtful)

Monday, April 20, 2009

she came, she left, she was amazing!

In case you didn't know Beth Moore and I are BFF's. I feel perfectly fine with saying that because she has a fake BFF too.. Yao Ming (the 10ft Houston Rocket). This past weekend was a treat with a cherry on top. I felt like I was sitting on Bethie's couch drinking a diet coke and hearing her heart. She's the real deal and has a special gifting. I think it's a unique talent to be able to be authentic, tactful, and able to relate to women of every age, color, and part of the country. If that wasn't enough the woman has got S-T-Y-L-E and amazing hair! You may be thinking I have a friend crush on a 50 year old woman... probably not, but I definitely respect her love for the scriptures, love for people, and passion. Oh Beth Moore..if you get to heaven before me..save me a seat because I'm guessing you won't be in the nose bleed section. Only kidding! (if you don't like her.... save it...and don't tell me)! :)
This weekend Beth hit it hard on crucifying our egos and everything that goes along with that! More than I thought. Many things were brought to mind in my own life that I need to "crucify." I walked away feeling refreshed and challenged. I felt like God was saying to me, "I see how hard you're trying, Jess, but let me help you more...it's only me working in you that can keep you from breaking." In reading a simple Psalms for a Mom on the go this morning, God showed up in this verse.. "turn to me and have mercy on me, grant your strength to your servant."

Friday evening, Beth asked us to think of 6 words that described our life at the time. That particular day Satan was working overtime on me from feeling like I was fighting a sore throat to a poppy diaper. The only word I could think of was tired. I sat down at the conference before it started just thankful I made it...baby in tote. This is where I say how much God knows what we need...my dear friend, Callie, joined me. She is a nanny with a heart of gold who helped me A TON!!! It also helped that Titus was SUCH a good baby.

There were a couple funny things about the weekend. Friday night, genius me, brought the stroller. We set out to find a seat and saw some stairs and thought there was a ramp after the "few" stairs. Of course we decided to just carry the stroller down the few stairs. Turns out..there is no ramp. All stairs down an entire side of the coliseum. Too far down to go back up-- we managed to get that beast of a stroller with a baby down! A sight I'm sure! Next, we found great seat close to an exit and even 2 extra seats next to me. Since Titus is still nursing, I was planning on nursing him. Well, out of 7300 women there were probably 10 men. Turns out 1 was in one of the "empty" seats next to me...how sweet of his wife to save it for him while he bought popcorn!! Thankfully, I DO have a nursing cover, however, I opted to not make him feel more UNCOMFORTABLE (as if it was awkward enough being there with 7300 women) and I fed Titus his pumped bottle I just happened to bring. That was his first time taking a bottle, and praise God he took it! Titus felt right at home when he heard Beth's southern accent because he had the biggest blow out of his life the minute she began talking. I'm talking through the diaper, onesie, jeans and blanket. I ran for the lobby to change him into his other outfit. As I was putting on his new outfit this coliseum employee lady came up to me and told me how much she loved the smell of babies. She proceeded to put her face somewhere in between Titus and my chest to smell him. I'm not sure how well he or I were smelling at that point. I got back in, sat down and saw lovely poop lingering n my arm!! I should mention here how awkward situations follow me!!! All I could do was laugh late Friday night as I soaked in my tub. Laugh and ask God to keep Satan away Saturday!!

Enough rambling, thank you Lord for an amazing weekend and for dropping on Portland!!

One question-- where on earth are you 7300 women hiding because sometimes I feel like I live in Sodom and Gomorrah!?!?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Guess who's coming to Portland?!?!?!

I'm just a tad excited that this is the weekend for the Beth Moore Conference!! I clearly informed Satan that he can just leave me alone this weekend... Soon after my engine light came on... sweet. It's still drivable, but it may be pricey. Such is life. I'm praying for an inexpensive repair (there's a leak somewhere). Anyways, I'm still oh so pumped! My sweet friend, Callie, will be joining Titus and I. Titus is planning to be on his best behavior... so he says... I told him to drink his milk if he agreed and he did!! :) Thank you Lord for this refreshing weekend AND that this is Ryan's last week of his first semester of seminary!! We made it (almost). It's been a busy one!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

the magic touch

I have often wondered why moms always seem to have the magic touch. Is there some special mom perfume they pass out at the hospital..or maybe you get it after you change 100 diapers?? Just kidding.. I'm sure it's God-given!! As a 23 year old married gal (i know.. I'm young..) I still want my mom the moment I feel sick. It's like something in my body says, "mom makes it all better." I vividly remember when I was little and being sick and asking my mom to hold my tummy until I felt better! ha! I truly believed it didn't hurt as bad as long as she held me!!

Tonight, Titus clearly has gas...poor baby. He doesn't get it a ton, but every once in a while it comes. Maybe it was the Taco Bell bean burrito I ate today?? Anyways, he was fussy and grunting while Daddy tried to console him. After a couple of minutes of Ryan trying, I got the cry for help... "Jess, help I don't know what to do..." Bless the effort, but I could see the frantic look on Titus and Ryan's face. I took Titus and to my surprise, I have the mommy touch. I always hoped for it, but feared my child would be the exception!! I mean how many women secretly hope that when their child cries in the nursery and they come and they stop immediately!!! (like once..bc that could get old fast)! Ok, ok maybe I'm the only crazy out there! I'm sure as my little boy grows there will be plenty of times where Dad is the hero, but tonight he wants me (and though it's no competition) my heart is smiling!! Well as long as he goes to bed by midnight!! :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy 1 Month Titus!

The above picture is not Titus' typical look, but it kind of shows one of his dimples AND it REALLY reminds me of my nephew, Landon and my Dad. What do you think?!

It's hard to believe it's only been a month since I first laid eyes on the sweetest face I've ever seen. Titus has captured our hearts in a way I've never could have imagined. I'm at a loss for words on how much this little guy fills my heart with love and sheer joy. He is becoming more alert, and I am starting to get really excited about seeing him smile for the first time. I'd find myself becoming the crazy parent who will do anything short of standing on their head to get a smile! I will see gas smiles every once in a while and the dimples this babe has is going to break some hearts one day....if I do say so myself. I'm sorry, but I'm partial to say the least! :)

We are working to get Titus on a schedule and I think it's going pretty well, but it's not like I have any experience or another child to compare it to! After my "he screams whenever I'm not holding him post" things began to improve. Maybe he got embarrassed! He has been going to sleep by midnight and waking up around 5ish and again around 10 AM. I'd like to try to get him going to bed earlier so that Ryan and I can spend time together, but I am SOOO thankful for the progress we are making. After all, he is only a month old. I have seen the benefit of the eat, awake, sleep schedule this past week for us, but we are still in the trial and error phase... I guess for the next 18 plus years!

Titus is just a sweet, snugly baby. I just can't kiss those cheeks enough!
Happy 1 Month Baby Boy...don't grow up too fast!

-Side note...Praise God because it's been almost 2 weeks since I've had a horrible migraine.. thank you so much for your prayers!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thank You!

I have to admit, the video above is certainly not my favorite thing to watch, however, it was a good reminder for me this evening. Jesus' death was real, violent, painful and completely necessary to pay for my sins. I love the fact that he didn't just pay for our sins so that we could go to heaven one day, but we have been given access to God... today. Truly, thank you for the cross Jesus. I'm so glad the story doesn't end on Friday. Sunday is coming!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Here comes Peter Cottontail..

Hoppin' down the bunny trail...

Happy Easter!!!
He is risen! :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

random girl

This will be random.. after all that is how my brain is working these days...

-Titus is growing and still as precious as ever, but I think he may have colic. My sister-in-law said at 3 weeks her kids started getting it. I kid you not...on Wednesday my baby became really fussy. (he was 3 weeks Wednesday.) He hasn't slept well since then, or really stopped crying. If he wasn't just so stinkin' cute!!

-He screams unless I am holding him. If I use the bathroom he will be screaming the entire time. Poor baby, but it's draining. The past two days I've pretty much held him 90% f the time. Whew.. heaven help us! Maybe I will just start joining him when he cries. CryFest '09! Again, that little face makes it ok.

- I found him a precious Easter outfit that fits from Wal-Mart. Surprise, surprise.. usually I hate Wal-Mart and try avoiding it at all cost, but props to you, blue light special. I will visit you again, and thanks for being economically friendly.

- Life is busy for Ryan this week.. really busy, but there is just a few weeks in the semester when everything is due and drill happen to be crammed all in one.

- I miss home more now that I have a baby. I am trying really hard to be positive and "bloom where I'm planted," but yea honesty is another factor in life and I can't deny my longing for home.

- My OB thinks the headaches are migraines and are hormonally related. I tend to get them more at night after I have extended myself more than I should. She says try to get a lot of sleep and I say how with a newborn....

-I am constantly thirsty and sweat to no end during the night. It's not because I'm hot, because I'm always freezing. Thanks hormones, can you please leave me alone...for multiple reasons?

-It's suppose to be B-E-A-T-I-F-U-L this weekend and I couldn't need it more. Sun... it truly does wonders for me. I knew the weather would be a challenge moving out here, and the winter has been mild rain wise for what Portland normally gets (so I hear), but heavens the drear is getting old......which makes me SO THANKFUL for the forecast. Thank you so much God...I need it this week! Since Ryan is at drill Titus and I have a date Sunday downtown on the river walk (provided I get sleep Saturday night).

- My nephew, Blake, is turning one Saturday! He is ADORABLE and I'm so excited for Titus to have a boy cousin 1 year apart in Oregon! They will be buddies in a couple of years! Right now Blake intently looks at him like... hmm what's that?! He's a sweetheart!

- I learned how to make homemade meatballs last night from my mother-in-law. Just call me Betty. I even cleaned my house yesterday. The meatballs were lots of fun to make with great company= glorious non-mommy time. The cleaning my house wasn't worth it....I should have rested instead and kept it messy. Today it looks messy again.

- I love being a wife and mother, but it is definitely the hardest job I've ever had and also the most rewarding. :)